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Poster: lisa_williams Date: Jan 12, 2005 1:06pm
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Is it okay to reuse clips from Open Source Movies?

Hi --
Is it okay to reuse clips from Open Source Movies? I notice that some of the films in other portions of the Archive explicitly link to a license or say that it's public domain.

Is this true of the movies in the "Open Source Movies" Category? Or is the stuff copyrighted unless otherwise noted?

Thanks for all the fish :)

Lisa W.

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Poster: FP Date: Jan 13, 2005 12:01am
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Re: Is it okay to reuse clips from Open Source Movies?

Many of the films here are offered under a Creative Commons license. This allows the stipulation of conditions under which the films may be re-used.

In the case of examples such as the clipfilms I and others have posted, the clips are all from public-domain films found here at the archive. You could pull individual shots from these clipfilms, or from the original films which provided the shots, and you would be free to use them in any way.

However, the specific arrangement of clips in sequence, any video alterations performed on them, and any original soundtrack material created for the clips is protected by whatever license the creator chooses to use.

You can click the license info on each entry to see how freely the content may be repurposed. Some are released unconditionally into the public domain, and others specify various conditions under which the work may be presented, such as "attribution required, and no derivative works can be created from this one".

There are some "iffy" films here that use copyrighted material, wich may or may not fall under the fair use provisions of copyright law. You're on your own with those.